Celebrating Our Generous Community

It’s no secret that we live, work and play in a very generous community. Whether it is giving of time, talent or treasure, this region is hard to beat. We help celebrate that philanthropic nature with our cover story this issue, Nancy Zallek of the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF). Nancy is continuing a long-standing family legacy of caring for this community. When you read about the growing impact the MAF is having on our community, it will astound you. Many of the things that add to your quality of life every day were probably touched by funds going through MAF. And very gently and genuinely guided by Nancy.

And can you believe it was one year ago that we were talking about this new thing called the GreenSeam? Yep, 12 months later we check in with this nonprofit to see how the last year has gone and more importantly, what’s in store for the future.

I, also, am hitting a milestone with this issue. July 2016 was my first issue as Editor of Connect Business Magazine. Words can not describe how proud I am to be a part of this locally-owned publication that strives to go in depth and give readers a true understanding of the people behind the businesses that make southern Minnesota so great. I am grateful to the publishers who are hands down some of the best people you will ever meet! As I enter year two, please don’t hesitate to reach out with ideas or comments. I can be reached at editor@connectbiz.com.

Cheers to another year of learning!

Lisa Cownie

Lisa Cownie

Editor of Connect Business Magazine